Atmosphere: The Novotel Ottawa generally caters to professionals who are in town for business but its affordability also attracts vacationers and locals who are looking for a nice staycation.
Staff: Professional, courteous and attentive.
Average room price: $220/plus taxes.
Room: The “Next” rooms are the hotel’s newly renovated spaces. This particular space had large king size bed, desk, along with lounge seating for three. Each room features key amenities such as wall-mounted LCD televisions, espresso machine, mini fridge, large working desk, and in-room electronic safety deposit box. Our favourite feature has to be the bedside USB charging ports! The red pillows on the bed and the headboard are nice touches to make the room feel warm and welcoming.
Room Bonus: MP3 Alarm clock and bedside USB charging ports.
View: Our room has a quaint view of the University of Ottawa.
Bed: King size.
Lobby: The lobby of the Novotel Ottawa is decorated minimally with clean sofa seating on the left side. You’ll spot the front desk as soon as you walk in, along with their restaurant, The Albion Rooms, next door.
Restaurants: At first glance, The Albion Rooms and the Novotel seem like a strange fit. But when you spend more time inside you’ll notice that it works so well. The rustic, down-to-earth vibe of the restaurant is sort of like a relaxing escape from the professionalism of the hotel. Chef Stephen LaSalle heads it, and his tight-knit menu has classic dishes that no one can pass up.
Bonus: The hotel is close to Ottawa’s historic Byward Market and the Rideau Shopping Center. Additionally, the Rideau Canal is not far off and the Canadian Parliament is nearby as well.
Marcus Troy Rating: 7.5/10
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